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|Friday, March 31st, 2006|
|Sunday, September 4th, 2005|
|Saturday, February 5th, 2005|
Some of you no doubt wonder why I've been slacking on updates. Partially, a lack of caring. Partially, school. But mostly:
I've been doing lots of stuff, keeping busy. None of it particularly noteworthy. Current Mood: bored
|Saturday, January 29th, 2005|
| You scored as Sadistic Humour. Congratulations, you scored Sadistic Humour. You find the little things in life to be funny, and have a great sense of humour, whether it's stupid or dark. You're probably young, and older people don't understand why it's all so fucking hillarious. Either way, check out: Clerks, Mallrats, Napoleon Dynamite, Wayne's World.|
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|Tuesday, January 11th, 2005|
|Monday, October 25th, 2004|
|Wednesday, October 13th, 2004|
|dun dun dun
A week and a half of friend's page entries suddenly appeared, after absolutely no activity for that amount of time. Stupid LJ.
Lots has been happening in those weeks. So much it would be difficult to tell you all of it here. I will recap some interesting bits:
Birthday! I'm 21 now...but have yet to imbibe or purchase alcohol. I did get a sweet 12" Powerbook with a Superdrive and a 20G iPod, as well as a cheap printer (mainly for printing off all these papers I have to read) and several lovely board games. I also got a neat cookbook that I intend to put to use one of these days when I don't get home from school at 8:30 at night. Night classes are not so hot.
I bought myself a nice messenger bag for the laptop, so now I can look like one of those pretentious indie/emo types, what with my fashionable Apple sensibility, cavalier but appropriately conformant style and complete lack of interesting opinions. Hah! I just like having a strap rather than having to carry it with a handle. And there is no way I'm going to use my Rose bag.
Classes have reached full steam and are moving along nicely. I'd measure the workload to be approximately equal to a core class at Rose, such as PLC or OS or Comp Arch, in each class. So PLC x 3 = no time for Jeff. Luckily, most the classes are geared towards understanding and applying theory rather than programming or doing busy work problems (as you'd expect at a graduate level). Still, lots of reading and thinking. Keeps me busy.
I miss my Rose friends...come to me it is 75 degrees here right now! Current Mood: tired
|Friday, October 1st, 2004|
Sorry its been awhile since a post; lots has been going on! Only some of which I will mention.
I've had my full schedule of classes now, and things seem about as expected. A lot of work and time, but not an unreasonable amount. All in all, it seems to be approximately a linear progression from undergraduate (i.e. if undergraduate education went for 5 years, the difficulty of the class work and material covered would scale linearly for the 5th year as it does for the first 4). OS is being taught as a Socratic seminar with about 75 people, many of whom do not speak English very well, so thats going to be interesting to say the least. There is a pretty large diversity in the student body, even in the CSE courses, which is still a little strange after Rose.
My birthday is on Sunday! I will be 21 but don't really expect any crazy things to be happening. I got some fun presents but I will tell you about them later, like after I actually get them rather than just having bought them.
This 3-day weekend every week is going to be pretty sweet. Current Mood: good
|Saturday, September 25th, 2004|
|Friday, September 24th, 2004|
|characterize in matrix notation
My first day of class at UCSD was pretty uneventful; much like a first day of undergraduate classes at Rose. Got syllabus and went over lesson plans, etc. I only had one class today though, so we'll see how the others are Monday. Thats right, no class tomorrow!
One thing I'm definately experiencing is the shock of coming from a super small engineering school to a huge and diverse state school. There are TONS of people, TONS of intertesting things going on all the time, and best of all, TONS of hot (asian) girls. I swear my brain almost exploded the first time I saw more than two hot girls at once. I'm overstimulated now...its going to take some getting used to.
I watched Supersize Me!
today. That is a sobering look at fast food. I never eat at McDonalds anyway, but now I may cut back on fast food in general. Probably not much though, since its so damn convienent.
I'm sleepy! Current Mood: sleepy
|Thursday, September 23rd, 2004|
|by the numbers
So my summer is over in a few short hours, and I figured I'd run over it in my head. Since I'm a CS, I figure what better way to do that than by the numbers!
- 124 days long, from May 22nd to September 23rd. Technically even longer, since there was a week where I didn't have any finals, but we're going with the formal take. This is the longest summer vacation I have ever enjoyed, and am ever likely to enjoy again. Thats a 3rd of a year!
- I don't have exact figures (and wouldn't post them if I did) but I worked several hundred hours and made more money than I ever have before.
- 500 gigs of hard drives purchased.
- Approximately 40 gigs of music sorted, 4 gigs trashed. 9700ish songs, 1000+ artists.
- 5 computer reformats and OS reinstalls.
- 2 Xboxes modded (2 on the way).
- 1 Nethack ascension.
- Nine million MYDOOM spam messages.
- ~11 random summer movies seen. Still missing some important ones. (Hero, Harold and Kumar, Sky Capt...probably not missing much)
- One family vacation to San Francisco.
- Several unsucessful attempts to make new friends.
- And of course, countless delicious burritos consumed.
A pretty unremarkable summer. Bleh.
My textbooks look scary! The comp arch book looks like it covers all of Rose's comp arch I and II courses in the first 4 chapters! And even worse, Troy says the teacher I'm taking it with is like Claude. Oh boy...what have I gotten myself into... Current Mood: bored
|Monday, September 20th, 2004|
funny observation: in The Sims 2
, when a guy takes a shower, both his hygiene AND bladder bars increase. I'll leave the implications as an exercise to the reader. Current Mood: amused
|Saturday, September 18th, 2004|
So I just played The Sims 2
for about 20 minutes, and I'm impressed. Here is a brief synopsis:
I start game. Nice Maxis interface, as expected. I choose to play one of the pre-fab neighborhoods, and within that neighborhood, I of course picked the house with two saucy latina sisters. I was informed of their goals and desires: one was a gold-digger who wanted nothing more than to sink her claws into this rich guy in the neighborhood and settle down, the other just wanted some quick action from a neighbor and to move out away from her annoying sister. So soon the rich guy shows up, and sim #1
goes down to let him in (with over-zealous flirting, remember, she wants his $$$). I wasn't really even controlling this...it all happened so fast. They go sit on the couch to watch TV, but things quickly progress from a quick peck to full on make-out session (awkward is watching polygons makeout). I was bored of that so I made the other sim get out of the hot tub and call up her crush. He came over and after the necessary formalities, they were getting lucky in the hot tub (complete with a hilarious cut scene). The euphamisms are far less obscured in this version, as I think the "have sex" function is called like "have a woo-hoo" or something. The icon is great too...it looks like a lust-deranged AIM smilely.
Needless to say, considering the sucess of The Sims
, the sequel should have NO trouble completely dominating the entire female gamer demographic for the next two or three years.
Yesterday was the "general" grad orientation. Unfortunately, Sixth college and Revelle both seemed to be having orientation at the same time, so parking was scarce. I had to park at Revelle and walk to Center Hall (and laugh at the Revelle freshman in their matching t-shirts on the way). Orientation lasted FOREVERRRR, and was super boring and worthless, so I left early. I went back later with Troy to the "new Graduate introduction party" at Porter's Pub, but we were like 30 minutes late, and by that time all the food and drink was gone, and everyone had coalesced into their cliques. So instead of trying to fit in, we left and got some Cotixans.
I registered for classes. I'll put my schedule here eventually. I'm taking Neural Networks, Operating Systems and Computer Architecture, plus a graduate seminar thing. School starts in like 5 days!!!! aslkfj;aldjf
Here are some bunny pictures! Current Mood: bored
|Thursday, September 16th, 2004|
|fat fleshy fingers
Orientation was long and pretty boring but I learned a lot and got stuff done. I got my ID!! It says "Grad Student" on it. Hahah. My picture sucked though. Oh well.
Some interesting statistics:
55 PhD students and 46 Master students were admitted to the CSE program this year. Out of 1600 applicants.10 of the new graduate students are female.
In the entire program, there are 335 students: 195 PhD and 142 Master. 60 of them are female. This is an approximately 18% ratio, which is about what Rose has. However, Rose's CS ratio was far worse.
Not that I'd want to date a CS. Hah!
Troy is finally back in town, so we went to CP and then to Fry's. He bought the HDTV version of my TV and I helped him move it in to his new apartment. TVs are heavy. Really, really heavy.
I don't know if I should specialize graphics or AI. I'm leaning towards graphics at the moment, but I'm going to try and talk to an advisor tomorrow. Leave me suggestion if you have one. Current Mood: productive
|Wednesday, September 15th, 2004|
|first day of orientation eve
I was laying awake in bed last night when it struck me just how little of summer is left. To help solidify that sobering fact, tomorrow is the CSE graduate student orientation! I'm excited and nervous. Then on Friday, the general graduate orientation. I'm going to be so oriented!
Had some other adventures lately but don't really feel like typing about them. Instead, I feel like sleeping! Current Mood: tired
|Monday, September 13th, 2004|
|let freedom ring from the mints
I saw an ad for this
today on TV. From the site:
For the first time ever, a legally authorized government issue silver dollar has been struck to commemorate the World Trade Center and the new Freedom Tower being erected in its place. It's the U.S. territorial minting of the 2004 "Freedom Tower" Silver Dollar from CNMI. Most importantly, each coin has been created using .999 Pure Silver recovered from Ground Zero!
Freedom indeed. Even more bizarre, they are being struck by "CNMI, the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands"
. I'm pretty sure this is pushing some boundary, but it wouldn't be America (or an American territory) if we weren't always looking for a way to turn a profit. Current Mood: confused
|Sunday, September 12th, 2004|
|ikea don't make no junk
So I go to get my mail today, and there is a large envelope from Rose. Wondering what in the world it could be, I tore it open immediately. Inside were the last two tests from Theory of Computation, graded. Larry is certainly slow. But at least he is reliably slow. And hey, I got it back eventually!
I watched Bubba Hotep
today. It stars Bruce Campbell of Evil Dead
and Army of Darkness
fame as an aged Elvis impersonator (who claims to be the real Elvis impersonating an impersonator) who is jolted from his dull retirement home life by the threat of a soul-sucking mummy. In Texas. It was incredibly bizarre, but certainly awesome in that cult classic way that only Bruce Campbell can pull off.
Speaking of Bruce Campbell, I got a plant. It is a ficus tree. I named it Bruce, for obvious reasons (but I named it before watching this film....I think he enjoyed it too).
I was helping Brent put together his IKEA furniture and managed to cut a nasty gash in my middle finger. Fuck you, IKEA. Fuck you and your shitty directions.
It is still way too hot. Its mainly because its uncharacteristically humid for SD. Luckily, the weather page shows some breaks in a day or two. Heres hoping. Current Mood: bored
|Saturday, September 11th, 2004|
It has been way too hot lately. Not just hot either, but humid. At least by San Diego standards. Ugh, miserable.
Brent has pretty much moved in now. So now I have a room/apartment mate!
Its too hot to update. Current Mood: hot
|Wednesday, September 8th, 2004|
Natalie came over to see the place tonight. We just kind of hung out and caught up; I hadn't seen her in well over a year. She got a tattoo on her wrist, which was unexpected. It was nice to see her.
I got a new computer at work, FINALLY. Its a 2.8 gig Celeron with some mediocre on-board video card. Still, as slow and worthless as it is, its INFINITELY better than my laptop. Which I still need to sell.
If you're ripping CDs to MP3, please use a respectable bitrate. No one wants your 56 or 96 kbps. Make it at least 128, preferably 192. Thank you. Current Mood: nostalgic
|Monday, September 6th, 2004|
They say money can't buy happiness. I'm going to go ahead and say that they're wrong. Or at least not entirely right.
Today I was going over to Scripps for dinner with the family, and on the way there I stopped at Game Empire to pick up a game to play after dinner (note: Game Empire is not on the way). I'd been doing my research with regards to their current stock, and decided to pick up Goa
Goa is by Rüdiger Dorn, and is a strategy game for 2-4 players 12 and up. Goa at the start of the 16th century: beautiful beaches, a mild climate, and one of the most important trading centres in the world. Competing companies deal in spices, send ships and colonists into the world and invest money. Are you on top or at the bottom? It depends on how you invest your profits. Will you make your ships more efficient? Enhance your plantations? Recruit more colonists? Only a steady hand in business will help. Goa: Riches, Reward, and Risk.
On a whim, I swung by the Walmart nearby in the vain hope they had restocked the ever elusive Heroscape
. I raced to the toy aisle and quickly scanned the shelves. My heart skipped a beat when I found it in front of my face. I grabbed a copy (resisting the urge to buy them all, seeing as they are tough to find right now = ebay, or the fact that they are modular and can be combined...) and raced to buy it.
After dinner at Bucco Di Beppo, I played it with my mom and dad. It floored even my high expectations. Its not the most complicated game ever, and its not the most strategic game ever, but it looks so cool I love it anyway. Plus its so easily customizable and expandable, I can see why its causing such a stir among the board gaming community. If you're in the San Diego area and want to try it out, let me know. Its definately awesome.
Brent didn't move in today for some reason or another. Whatever, I think Wednesday is the date for it now.
I realised today just how soon school starts, and thats kind of a bummer. Just when I was starting to enjoy summer. At the same time, I'mexcited for it, so bring it on! Current Mood: ecstatic